It is every woman’s dream to age gracefully. No folds behind the eyes, no wrinkles on the face. Not everyone knows how to or what to do to achieve that graceful look and tend to assume ageing gracefully is only down to good genes.
Have no fear, we have good news for you. Ageing gracefully is not just about good genes but also about ageing smarter. We have rounded up some of the things the graceful agers do that keep them looking younger than their age. So now it is up to you.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy living is one of the sure ways of ageing gracefully. Factors such as harsh environmental conditions, stress, lifestyle choices, dieting, etc can contribute to the ageing process. The good news here is that you can control your lifestyle. It is all in your hands. What you eat and do determine how gracefully you will age.
High blood pressure is one of many conditions whose likelihood increases with age. A high sodium diet is a trigger. And since aging gracefully isn’t just about your outside, we want to keep our insides healthy as well. It is therefore wise to reduce salty and high cholesterol foods. Also avoid habits that put you at risk of ageing prematurely such as excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol.
Instead try nutritious foods that will help slow the effects of aging in every part of your body — from your skin to your brain, heart and joints. The top anti-aging foods are also some of the most prominent high-antioxidant foods and anti-inflammatory foods around too.
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According to a study published by the Journal of Neuroscience, the brain neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating sleep, mood, appetite and blood pressure deteriorates with age usually resulting to hardening of the arteries. Anxiety and depression also play a major role in ageing the body and mind.
Another secret of ageing gracefully is regular exercise, this gives serotonin levels a boost in the body and fights the effects of the stress hormone. Develop a habit of taking brisk walks, swimming daily or little bouts of sustainable exercise to keep your arteries healthy and fit.
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Dressing fashionably is not just for the younger generation. Experiment with fashion trends as they come. Do not be afraid to stash your wardrobe with bright colorful dresses that complements your skin color, hair color, buy clothes that complements you. There are now a lot of fashionable ideas on the internet and many websites showing how the combine fashion pieces and colors to get that graceful look. It is important to dress appropriate for age with graceful being the operative word.
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Having a beauty routine as you age helps revive some of your youthful look and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your face. Washing your face regularly and moisturizing does wonders to your skin. Moisturizers can help soothe skin and may temporarily make wrinkles less noticeable. They also sometimes contain substances like glycerin, that may help bind water to the skin. Using exfoliant can also improve the appearance of older skin by getting rid of dead skin cells. You can also invest in serums that helps ward off ageing effects on your skin and face. Do not be restricted by rules of make up for older women, explore makeup on your face, your only concern should be finding the right shade for your skin tone.
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Protecting your face from the sun is the single best way of keeping it youthful. Using sunscreen helps protect the skin against the sun’s rays which causes sunburn. Alternatively, you can invest in a wide-brimmed hat to wear outdoors.
Have A Positive Outlook About Life
Another way of ageing gracefully is being positive. Maintaining a positive outlook to life is one way to age gracefully. According to research, your attitude, resilience and ability to cope with stress are better indicators of healthy living. Have a detached outlook about life, live free and hold no grudge.
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